Category Archives: Cerambycidae


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Overloaded hard drives and sluggish Lightroom behaviour have forced me to reshuffle catalogues and update my backup methods. In the process of merging catalogues, I came across this portrait of a White-spotted Sawyer beetle (Coleoptera, Family Cerambycidae), […]

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Clytus ruricola

  Said to be a wasp mimic, Clytus ruricola, the Round-necked Longhorn (Family Cerambycidae) is a wood-boring beetle whose larva feed mostly on maple. The adult is a pollen feeder and, in this case, is making […]

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Monochamus scutellatus (Say, 1824)

This is the other character that landed on my backpack while on the mountain slopes in Waterton. The white-spotted sawyer or spruce sawyer is a common beetle but remains impressive when you come across one, especially the males […]

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Monochamus Take-off

This Spruce Sawyer is the same beetle that visited me during Rooted in Nature Art Show at Devonian Botanic Gardens. I later took him home for a series of white-background shots, and then released him into the back-garden […]

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What to do with a Long Horn Beetle?

Longhorns Beetles (Coleoptera, Family Cerambycidae) can be a bit of a challenge to photograph well, because the antennae are so long  that they are hard to include in the photo without all or part of […]

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Beetle Poop Matters

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Longhorn Lost and Longhorns Gained…

This is a terrible photo… This photograph was taken 2006. It was a late summer evening in a campground in northern Alberta. I was walking with my daughter to the washrooms when we came across […]

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Wasp-mimic Longhorn

This is Clytus ruricola  (Olivier 1795), a long horned beetle (Order Coleoptera, Family Cerambycidae). Kaufman’s indicates that the grubs feed in decaying deciduous trees, particularly maple. I found two of these beetles feeding on thistle […]

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